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Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 10 May 2010 in Miscellaneous and Portfolio.

Headline: " Man Walks on Surface of MARS ! "

You were expecting little green men, maybe? This is Mars. For those who think this isn't actually Mars and that this is just being staged - here is Mars' website -

When I was looking at the image I posted last Thursday I was thinking it seemed an alien landscape and the geometric markings in the freeway concrete appeared like instructions from some outer space civilization. It was then I thought that there was no exit off this highway between there and Sixth Street - a block from Mars. And so this little adventure took hold...

I hope you don't think it easy having this brain between my ears.

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

cool image, well spotted

10 May 2010 5:13am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Good framing, I like these colors and urban look

10 May 2010 5:32am

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

I can relate, in fact, I DO relate :)

10 May 2010 5:32am

pete from Australia

Yep, I like this pic, Mars is COOL

10 May 2010 5:50am

JPS from Le Havre, France

Fallen off a bike ???

10 May 2010 6:57am

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

haha! too funny! like it!! so long as you havin fun!!
very good shot and angel!!

10 May 2010 7:05am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

cool tilt and processing

10 May 2010 8:02am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Today we are really on Mars... no doubt, even the neon sign says that !! :-)
Good serie Stephen.

10 May 2010 9:37am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

On peut imaginer le monde ainsi, ayant perdu ses repères et avançant doucement vers sa fin...

10 May 2010 11:24am

@Marie LC: Je reste optimiste - que nous tous sont sur un chemin où nous - finalement - trouverons notre voie à la maison. Avec amour et lumière joyeuse...

Chris from South Jersey, United States

this is really fun - I love the red sky and tilted view.....very funny.....

10 May 2010 12:57pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

I like the diagonal horizon here

10 May 2010 4:24pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

Original and fun!

10 May 2010 4:32pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

A ha....finally.......a method to your madness!!! Very glad "that brain" is between your ears!!! Cool shot !

10 May 2010 10:11pm

David from Detroit, United States

A movie scared the dickens out of me when I was a kid: "The Angry Red Planet." I love the signage. On one side, the "S" is backwards. From the other side, the "R" is reversed. Clever!

11 May 2010 1:02am

@David: Bouquets to you David for 'seeing' the reverse 'R' and 'S' in the sign from just one side. I saw it as I shot the place from each side (duh) - but to pick up on this from the single image is pretty exceptional perceptiveness - bravo!

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

A man has to deal with the brain he was given. AKA...the Mars hoodie's. best...jerry

11 May 2010 1:46am

@ordinaryimages: Our fellow with the hood didn't come from Mars - it was closed. But he walked as though he'd come out of some distant galaxy - far, far, away - and might have re-fueled here had the door been open. It might say something about the place to note that they don't open on Saturdays until 9 PM - and they are closed on Sundays.

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

I like your angle on this - it adds a lot more visual interest for me and the man also! Great work on this Stephen!

11 May 2010 3:47am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

The shy color is what I would expect of Mars.

11 May 2010 2:13pm

@Ralph Jones: The 'Orange' Planet strikes again!

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Cool tilt here. I see he's looking at you:-)

11 May 2010 5:22pm

drphoto from Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

I have enjoyed the adventure =D) A good series and fun to follow. I'm glad you didn't keep us waiting too long though!


11 May 2010 11:31pm

Laurent from Lyon, France

well seen the association between the sign and the post treatment. There is even an alien!!

12 May 2010 5:44am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(old West Wales boy), Germany

This answers David Bowies question perfectly,"There is life on Mars" !!!

12 May 2010 10:50am